Russia says ready for gas talks with Kiev after Ukraine pays debt

MOSCOW Mon May 12, 2014 4:14am EDT

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MOSCOW May 12 (Reuters) - Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said on Monday that Moscow is ready for further gas negotiations with Ukraine only after Kiev pays outstanding gas debt.

Russia's state-controlled natural gas producer Gazprom said last week that Ukraine's total debt for Russian gas stands at $3.51 billion.

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Lidia Kelly)